A I would say compositional. I think that's it. And generally a lot of it is modern. The book subtitle, \"Compositions in Nature\" is about having a sense of nature and about the light and where views are and where the sun rises and sets and where it is in all the seasons. And it's about having a humanistic scale, having individual elements define space. I think it's important that we connect to nature. With the materials we have today, we can do that. It's a balance between having a sense of shelter and having a sense of release.
Q One of the houses featured in the book is environmentally friendly, with geothermal heating and cooling, a system to collect rain water for irrigation and a green roof. What do you consider the most significant advances in sustainable architecture
Next we arrive at Las Vegas, N.M., then over the Raton Pass to Trinidad, Col. The road from Trinidad to La Junta, Colo., is full of chuck holes and very dusty. The roads from here to Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo., are dirt roads, mostly over level country and very good. If you get caught in a rainy spell in Missouri, content yourself wherever you are, as it will be impossible to travel. Missouri is noted for its poor roads. From St. Louis we continued on the International [sic] Old Trails through Indianapolis, Columbus, Wheeling, Hagerstown, and Baltimore.
The route from New York was via Philadelphia, Cumberland, Md., Uniontown, Pa., Wheeling, W. Va., crossing the Cumberland Mountains; then through Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Dodge City, Raton Pass, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Needles, San Bernardino, to Los Angeles. Boulevards, mountains, mud, rain, snow, mountains, desert, boulevard.
The weather ran true to form, and I did not hit rain until after I had gotten east of the Mississippi Valley, at which point I struck gravelly roads which absorbed moisture readily and gave me minimum trouble. This was just as I had planned. I followed behind a storm area trailing from west to east and struck no storm until another one finally caught up with me. During the rainy period I covered one stage of 72 miles through wind and water in 1 hour and 55 minutes . . . .
During a cross-country drive in 1920, Cannon Ball Baker ran into a speed trap on the National Old Trails Road set up especially for him. While trying to break his own record for a New York-to-Los Angeles run, he reached California on August 4. As he raced across the Mojave Desert, he was well ahead of the record by about 7 and a half hours, despite heavy rain and the inevitable muddy roads of Kansas and Colorado. The new record was only a few hours away as he raced up to Cajon Pass.
I've had RAIN BARRELS on my holiday wish list for three years. Nobody will buy me a rain barrel. I asked for a load of manure for my birthday once, and I got that, so what gives I guess I understand why; they're big, and oddly expensive. So I drew up a little list of presents that are cheaper, and easier to wrap.
I also gave a number of Alison Krauss' Forget About It, still my favorite of all her albums, and Edie Brickell's Volcano. It's so good to have Edie back on the shelves with a recent CD. She doubtless took time off to raise her children, and she's returned with a beautifully rounded, bittersweet collection of songs. If you could listen holes in a CD, Krauss' and Brickell's discs would look like Lorraine Swiss.
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